International Documentary Association


International Documentary Association

Indiegogo has partnered with International Documentary Association to provide a single platform to integrate fiscal sponsorship and online funding campaigns.

About International Documentary Association

The International Documentary Association (IDA) believes that the power and artistry of the documentary art form are vital to cultures and societies globally, and primary call is to serve the needs of those who create this art form. Since 1998, their fiscal sponsorship program has helped hundreds of independent documentaries get funded and finished! Last year IDA filmmakers raised over 3 million dollars to get their documentaries made and seen. They work with films in all stages of production, including supporting filmmakers through the crucial phases of distribution and outreach. Through the Indiegogo Partnership, IDA offers our sponsored projects the opportunity to utilize the power of a dynamic crowd funding platform while offering a valuable tax deduction to donors.

What is Fiscal Sponsorship?

Fiscal Sponsorship is a financial and legal system by which a legally recognized 501(c)(3) public charity (such as International Documentary Association) provides limited financial and legal oversight for a campaign initiated independently by an artist. That campaign might be a one-time project or an independent artist or even an arts organization that does not have its own 501(c)(3) status. Once sponsored in this way, the campaign is eligible to solicit and receive grants and tax-deductible contributions that are normally available only to 501(c)(3) organizations.

Benefits of Joining International Documentary Association on Indiegogo

Joining an Indiegogo partner is a great way to link your campaign to a larger organization while remaining a part of the thriving Indiegogo marketplace. Millions of dollars have been raised through Indiegogo Partner Pages. Additionally, joining International Documentary Association makes it easy to offer tax deductions on contributions.

How to Join International Documentary Association

  • Go to the International Documentary Association’s website:
  • Join as a New Member:

How do I connect my existing campaign to International Documentary Association?

If your campaign is associated with International Documentary Association, you can connect your campaign by emailing: support @

Please be sure to include:

  • The URL or link to your campaign page
  • The phrase, “Connect to IDA” in the email subject or text

Are Contributions Tax Deductible When I’m on International Documentary Association ?

Yes, if your campaign is connected to the International Documentary Association you are eligible to solicit and receive grants and tax-deductible contributions.

How Payments Work

  • You can only receive contributions through PayPal, although a PayPal account is not required to contribute. Read more about: How to Contribute via PayPal without a PayPal Account
  • Contributions will go to the PayPal account of the International Documentary Association
  • IDA will manage disbursements. 
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